Grey zones and good practice: A European survey of academic integrity among undergraduate students

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  • Anna Catharina Armond
  • Mateja Centa
  • Christine Clavien
  • Eugenijus Gefenas
  • Roman Globokar
  • Linda Hogan
  • Nóra Kovács
  • Marcus Tang Merit
  • I. Anna S. Olsson
  • Margarita Poškutė
  • Una Quinn
  • Júlio Borlido Santos
  • Rita Santos
  • Céline Schöpfer
  • Vojko Strahovnik
  • Orsolya Varga
  • P. J. Wall
Good academic practice is more than the avoidance of clear-cut cheating. It also involves navigation of the gray zones between cheating and good practice. The existing literature has left students’ understanding of gray zone practices largely unexplored. To begin filling in this gap, we present results from a questionnaire study involving N = 1639 undergraduate students from seven European countries representing all major disciplines. We show that large numbers of these students are unable to identify gray area issues and lack sensitivity to the context dependence of these. We also show that a considerable proportion of students have a poor understanding of concepts like plagiarism and falsification, not only in gray zone scenarios, but also in cases of relatively clear-cut cheating. Our results are similar across the faculties and countries of study, and even for students who have attended academic integrity training. We discuss the implications of this for academic integrity training.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthics & Behavior
Number of pages19
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023

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